DERMATOLOGISTS have developed a simple 3-step routine that will help acne sufferers.
Acne can cause insecurity in both men and women, as the skin is covered with painful red patches from the disease.
But two doctors – board-certified dermatologists – have now presented a simple routine that will help cleanse your skin.
dr Muneeb Shah and Dr. LJ Maxfield revealed their simple acne routine recommendations – clean, treat and protect.
First recommended Dr. Maxwell recommended using cleansers with salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide — the latter he called the “most effective ingredient” in fighting acne because it kills bacteria.
However, they cautioned against handling the product with care as it can fade clothes.
According to the NHSyou can use a benzoyl peroxide gel or face wash once or twice a day – effects usually start within 4 weeks.
The skin experts also recommend using a cleanser with 4% benzoyl peroxide – but it’s important to check with your doctor before using any product if you’ve ever had an allergic reaction to it.
At the same time, salicylic acid helps promote the skin’s natural peeling process.
The second step in her routine then suggested starting to treat the problem.
They suggested a cream containing adapalene – but a prescription is required for UK patients.
Finally, those struggling with acne should protect their skin.
Dt Maxfield said: “Acne ingredients can be irritating so this step is very important.”
While you might think “protecting” means wearing sunscreen, doctors have instead suggested that it’s more about using a moisturizer.
dr Shah also said that it’s also a good idea to have a morning routine – that is, cleaning your face again after a night’s rest.
He added, “You don’t necessarily need this step because you’re doing a lot at night… but you want to settle for it — use one ingredient at a time.”
The NHS warns that if you have acne, it’s important to be patient and continue with recommended treatment even if you don’t see an immediate effect.
However, both doctors cautioned against making sure your skin condition is actually acne and not rosacea.
According to the NHS, rosacea can cause red skin and a burning or stinging sensation when using water or skincare products – and it’s not treated like acne.
Instead, people should see a GP who can recommend a prescription cream or antibiotics.